Avengers: Age of Ultron featured a ridiculously ensemble cast, with just about every important character getting at least a bit of screentime.
From Maria Hill to War Machine, the gang’s all here and ready to take on the latest world-ending threat. That being said, with the movie clocking in at nearly two and a half hours, it’s simply not possible to fit in every single fan-favorite hero and villain. Here are all of the major supporting characters who were no-shows when Ultron arrived.
A quick disclaimer though, we’re going to stick to the Nine Realms here, because frankly, I don’t think anyone expected Rocket Raccoon to show up and save the day (although that would’ve been awesome).
Coulson might have his own TV series now, but he’s definitely no stranger to movies considering he appeared in nearly every single installment of Marvel’s Phase One. That being said, he’s currently a little busy handling Inhuman-related affairs, and even if he wasn’t, director Joss Whedon really doesn’t want to see Coulson back in the MCU.
On a related note, the rest of the cast of Agents of SHIELD also seems a bit tied up at the moment, but here’s to hoping that at least Skye or Melinda May will show up in a movie somewhere down the line.
Weirdly enough, Loki was supposed to be in Age of Ultron. They even shot a scene with him, Thor, and Heimdall (presumably part of Thor’s vision of Hel). Loki’s bit was ultimately cut though, so we can only assume he’s still masquerading as Odin in Asgard.
Lady Sif and The Warriors Three
Thor’s buddies from Asgard have proven to be exceptionally capable warriors in both of the movies they appeared in, and we know from Agents of SHIELD that at least one of them keeps visiting Earth. A little Bifrost backup would’ve probably helped out a lot in that giant battle with Ultron.
Despite being the love Bruce Banner’s life in The Incredible Hulk, Betty Ross has yet to even be mentioned outside of that movie. It only gets weirder in Age of Ultron, considering Banner gets pretty close to romancing Black Widow.
I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he’s trying to protect Betty by staying away from her, but man, at least give her a call. Stone cold Bruce, stone cold.
On that topic of Betty Ross, her dad. General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, is also suspiciously absent. He’s a high-ranking general in the US military with experience dealing with superhumans, and is supposedly leading the manhunt for Bruce Banner (who’s not exactly in hiding anymore).
He even butted heads with Tony Stark at one point, in a short film that revealed Thunderbolt is also in charge of the imprisonment of the Abomination. It’s surprising then that his name doesn’t come up more often. Actually, the fact that no world government intervened in Sokovia at all is a tad bit weird…
Emil Blonsky / The Abomination
We are three for three now on Incredible Hulk characters. The Abomination was sort of the villain of that movie, and has since only been mentioned once in a Marvel One-Shot. I don’t think anyone’s surprised that he hasn’t shown up again, so I only bring him up because the actor mentioned in an interview that Marvel was once considering slotting Abomination into an Avengers sequel at some point. That obviously didn’t happen.
Sharon Carter / Agent 13
Peggy Carter’s possible niece/sister/daughter/relative (it’s never actually established) was last seen joining the CIA in the aftermath of the fall of SHIELD. Considering her role in those critical final hours though, you’d think that Nick Fury would’ve extended an offer to join him on that Hellicarrier. Oh well, maybe we’ll see her again in Civil War.
The last we saw of Happy Hogan, Tony Stark’s longtime bodyguard, he was working directly for Pepper Potts as Stark Industries’ head of security in Iron Man 3. The events of that movie landed him in a coma, but he recovered just days later. One can assume that he’s wherever Pepper Potts is right now.
Daredevil is basically the only Earth-based superhero who didn’t show up to deal with Ultron. Although considering he gets routinely beat up by non-super-powered baddies, it’s probably better for him that he sat this one out.
It is a shame we missed out on seeing this though:
A few characters do get name-dropped, but don’t actually appear in the movie. They are…
Pepper is mentioned to be very busy running Stark Industries. Unlike the Battle of New York though, Tony Stark doesn’t give her a phone call this time around. I guess he’s pretty confident in his ability to escape near-certain death at this point.
After the events of Thor: the Dark World, Jane became one of the world’s foremost astrophysicists. There’s even talk of her winning a Nobel Prize.
Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier
Captain America and the Falcon’s “missing persons case” has managed to stay under the radar after the events of The Winter Soldier. That’s no surprise given Bucky Barnes is one of the world’s top assassins, and the Falcon… is a dude with metal wings.